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Radiocarbon dating of twentieth century works of art

By Petrucci F, L Caforio, E Peccenini and V Pellicori


The atmospheric tests of nuclear weapons caused a sudden increase in the radiocarbon concentration in the atmosphere from 1955, reaching its maximum value in 1963--1965. Once the nuclear tests in the atmosphere were halted, the 14C concentration started to decrease. This behavior of the radiocarbon concentration is called the ``Bomb Peak'', and it has successfully been used as a tool for high-precision radiocarbon measurements, in forensic sciences and biology. In the art field, the possibility of dating canvas, wood and paper, widely used as supports for paintings, may be an invaluable tool in modern art studies

Topics: Radiocarbonio, datazioni assolute, arte del XX secolo
Year: 2016
DOI identifier: 10.1007/s00339-016-0501-1
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